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Nation’s Greatest Rivalry Coming To D.C.

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 30, 2011 – 2:53 pm

One week from Saturday, on Dec. 10, the Redskins will welcome one of the oldest and most storied sports rivalries to Washington.  For the first time in it’s 112-game history, the annual Army-Navy game will be played in the Nation’s Capital, at FedExField.

At today’s Army-Navy Press Luncheon, Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder spoke about the privilege of hosting an event with  such prestige and tradition.

“It’s humbling,” Mr. Snyder said.  “This is a really humbling experience.  To host this game here, with the backdrop of the Pentagon and the Nation’s Capital, for the first time ever, it means so much for us.

“We’re so appreciative to the Naval Academy and West Point to honor us, and to let us honor you by having this great game here.”

Navy Athletic Directior Chet Gladchuk discussed the significance of the game at FedExField, and discussed how impressed he was with the preparation by the Redskins and the Washington community as a whole.

“Three or four years ago, we put it out on the streets a little bit for people to bid for the contest,” he explained.  “And the enthusiasm that came out of Washington–with Mr. Snyder and the Redskins, to make this happen–impressed us so much.  And they delivered.”

The prestige of such a major sporting event brings a great deal of interest and spotlight to Washington D.C.  With the combined efforts of the two institutions and the Redskins, the event should be bigger and better than ever.

“When you think about it, it’s not just a game, it’s an event,” Gladchuck said.  “What it is, is that great sense of national pride where everyone comes together on that national stage. It’s going to be spectacular in terms of the setting.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful delivery by the Washington community, and something that’s gotten us all very enthusiastic, and something that we appreciate very, very much.”

Mr. Snyder’s articulated how pleased and honored he was for the Redskins to host the game, saying that he hopes to create an annual tradition in Washington.

“We think it’s very very special, and we want to have it as a tradition going forward,” he said.  “This game really belongs here, and we look forward to hosting a great game.”

The game will be played at FedExField on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by CBS.

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  1. By Bee Gee on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    If I were not overseas, I would definitely go to this game. If you haven’t been to an Army-Navy game, I recommend everyone attend one game in their lifetime. The atmosphere is absolutely incredible. Every single fan who attends these games represent their team w/athletic wear. There is clean trash talk among the fans supporting their particular Academy, but when the game is over, the fans of the loser congratulates the fans of the winner. It is (usually) recognized as a bowl game for both teams (regardless of record) so it is usually competitive. Navy has won the last 8 or 9 meetings, but that has a good chance of changing this year.

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